HAWAII WIC PROGRAM
In its concern over the high infant mortality rate in the United States and
the health and nutritional status of pregnant women and young children, Congress
in 1972 established the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants
and Children (WIC) under the authority of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
As a two-year pilot program, WIC was designed, in part, to address the 1969
White House Conference on Food, Nutrition, and Health, which concluded that
nutritional deficiencies posed a health threat to low-income women and children
and increased medical costs.
Permanently authorized in 1974, WIC served approximately 88,000 women and
children at a cost of $10.4 million. Participation has increased to 7.4 million
in 1997, with an appropriation of $3.7 billion. For fiscal year 1999, the WIC
program has received an appropriation of $3.924 billion. The Hawaii WIC Program
currently serves over 36,000 participants, who during Federal Fiscal Year 1999,
redeemed approximately 1,080,000 food instruments worth over $25.5 million.
The WIC program operates in all 50 states and 4 U.S. Territories. There are
also 33 Indian Tribal Organizations operating WIC programs. Within each state,
funds are distributed to qualified agencies. Hawaii WIC clinics are operated
under the auspices of the Hawaii WIC Services Branch of the Hawaii State Department
Benefits of WIC
Studies have shown that inadequate nutrition and health care represent a threat
to the physical and mental well being of certain individuals. Proper nutrition
at the beginning of life can help prevent serious health problems. Infants
and preschoolers are going through a period of rapid growth, as well as intellectual
and social development. Their nutrition status and health care they receive
may have a major impact on their ability to function as happy, healthy and
ready to learn children.
Pregnant women who enroll in WIC have longer pregnancies leading to fewer
premature births, experience fewer fetal and infant deaths, seek prenatal care
earlier in pregnancy, and consume more of such key nutrients as iron, protein,
calcium and Vitamin C. It has been estimated that every dollar spent on pregnant
women in WIC produces $1.92 to $4.21 in Medicaid savings for newborns and their
WIC promotes and supports breastfeeding. The breastfeeding family is especially
welcome to WIC. A mother can participate in WIC for up to one year postpartum,
receiving extra foods and encouragment. She may even qualify for our special
WIC Breast Pump Program.
Studies show breastfeeding families save WIC and Medicaid $478 in the first
six months of the infant's life or $161 after considering the WIC formula manufacturer's
Click here for the WIC ELIGIBILITY ASSESSMENT to see if you may qualify*
*This online tool is only a preliminary assessment - Local WIC Agency staff can determine if you qualify for WIC services
How to Become a WIC Client
Individuals with proof of Quest or TANF benefit documents or food stamps
meet WIC income eligibility requirements.
- For Oahu WIC Services, call 586-8175 to set up an appointment with the
WIC clinic nearest you.
- For the neighbor islands call toll free at 1-888-820-6425 to set up an
appointment with the WIC clinic nearest you.
- Bring a referral form filled out by your Health Care Provider or you may
fill out the referral form if you do not have a Health Care Provider. Click
here to print copy of WIC Referral Form.
- Bring proof of income for everyone who works in the household. One of following:
- Pay stub
- Leave Earning Statement (LES)
- Bring proof of identity. One of following:
- Driver’s license
- State I.D.
- Birth Certificate
- Bring proof of Hawaii residence. One of following:
- Driver's license
- State I.D.
- Military Housing Documents
- Your household utility bill
- Bring your baby or children who need WIC
- Bring your baby’s or children’s immunization shot record
Income Eligibility Requirements
To qualify for Hawaii WIC services you must be either a pregnant, breastfeeding,
or postpartum woman, or have children under 5 years old who have nutritional
needs, meet federal income guidelines and be a resident of Hawaii.
*Effective July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2013.
||185% Federal Poverty Level
|Click here for the PDF
|* A pregnant woman is counted as two or more (depending on number of fetuses).
|* Income criteria provided as a general guideline. Family household income will be reviewed at
| clinic appointment.